from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of repulsing or the condition of being repulsed.
- n. Extreme aversion.
- n. Physics The tendency of particles or bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity to separate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of repelling or the condition of being repelled.
- n. An extreme dislike of something, or hostility to something.
- n. The repulsive force acting between bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of repulsing or repelling, or the state of being repulsed or repelled.
- n. A feeling of violent offence or disgust; repugnance.
- n. The power, either inherent or due to some physical action, by which bodies, or the particles of bodies, are made to recede from each other, or to resist each other's nearer approach
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of repelling or driving back, or the state of being repelled; specifically, in physics, the action which two bodies exert upon each other when they tend to increase their mutual distance: as, the repulsion between like magnetic poles or similarly electrified bodies.
- n. The act of repelling mentally; the act of arousing repellent feeling; also, the feeling thus aroused, or the occasion of it; aversion.
- n. In biology, conspicuous unlikeness in the color or markings of allied species which inhabit the same locality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
- n. the force by which bodies repel one another
- n. intense aversion
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The important final line of his conclusion is, “that gravitational repulsion is not a function of the total particle velocity or energy; rather, its occurrence depends on the relationship between the transverse and radial velocity.”
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This work had shown that, because of the wave properties of matter, there is a certain probability for a positively charged particle to penetrate into a nucleus even if, according to ordinary mechanical concepts, the velocity of the particle does not suffice to overcome the electric repulsion from the nucleus.
Thus resistance is nothing but that mysterious power we call repulsion -- a power which fills the whole universe -- which holds the sun, moon, and stars in its hand, and yet is invisible. '
The clouds, which are masses of minute, hollow globules of water, are principally held aloft by electrical repulsion from the earth and sea; in this state, no pressure is exerted by them upon the mercury, as they are sustained by a force which neutralized gravity.
Then Mizander shook his head and looked away in repulsion.
Deleah recalled the repulsion with which she had seen them lying there.
By following up the evidence as to segregation, indications have been obtained which can only be interpreted as meaning that when many factors are being simultaneously redistributed among the germ-cells, certain of them exert what must be described as a repulsion upon other factors.
She did not meet him with that kind of repulsion which is equivalent to pushing back with the hand.
But if the perverted soul descends to the source of all repulsion, which is the devil, God will turn away from him, and he will hate God and love the devil, as our blessed Saviour says (Matt. vi.), 'No man can serve two masters, he will _hate_ one and _love_ the other; ye cannot serve
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